Juan Antonio Flecha about the upcoming season: "I hope people can enjoy cycling - not scandals."

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08.01.2008/ Juan Antonio Flecha is one of the few Spanish riders who's favourite races are the 'cobblestone' classics. The number two of last years Paris-Roubaix has a big wish for the upcoming season: "I hope that people can enjoy cycling - not scandals." An interview with Juan Antonio Flecha.

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Juan Antonio Flecha: "No scandals, only sports." (© Cyclingheroes)

Cyclingheroes: When did you join the Rabobank team?

Juan Antonio Flecha: "I joined Rabobank in 2006 after Fassa Bortolo stopped. So 2008 will be my third season with Rabobank.

Cyclingheroes: What is your main goal for this year?

Juan Antonio Flecha: Well my main goal always stay the same. Last year I was close at 'Het Volk' and 'Paris-Roubaix'. Well at Roubaix I wasn't so close...[Flecha finished second at both races]. The 'cobble' classics are my main goals. I focus on that. After that the Tour, but I am realistic. I know that I am a teammate of really good riders like Freire and Menchov. They can win so I have to work. So my goal for the rest of the season is to keep doing a good job for the team like I did last year.

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Juan Antonio Flecha at the 2007 Paris-Roubaix ceremony (© Cyclingheroes)

Cyclingheroes: Did Rabobank change a lot this season?

Juan Antonio Flecha: There are no big changes but I think everybody knows that we have to work more together. To be more a team. We did a really good first training camp at the end of November. We all had fun and really enjoyed it. I think that it was a good start and we are looking forward to the new season. Maybe the big change is going to be that we will perform more as a team and maybe you will also see this in the races. We will work more together and help each other.

Cyclingheroes: Last year was a very difficult year for cycling. What do you hope for the future?

Juan Antonio Flecha: I just hope that people can enjoy this sport and enjoy the spectacle. I hope that people can enjoy watching cycling on tv, that they enjoy coming to the races - with no scandals, only sports.

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Juan Antonio Flecha
Birthdate: September 17, 1977
Country: Spain
Height 1.81 mtr
Weight: 72 kg.
Turned pro at: 2000
2000 - 2001: Relax - Fuenlabrada
2002 - 2003:
2004 - 2005: Fassa Bortolo
2006 -   ?   : Rabobank
Overall Grande Premio M.R. Cortez
Points classification Grande Premio M.R. Cortez
Stage 1 Grande Premio M.R. Cortez
Stage 2b Grande Premio M.R. Cortez
Stage 4 Vuelta a Aragon
Stage 3 Bicicleta Vasca
Stage 11 Tour de France
Zürich Metzgete
Giro Del Lazio
Stage 4 Vuelta a La communidad Valenciana

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